While arranging to meet friends for dinner in Banglatown this evening, we stumbled across something that sounds delightfully, and deliciously, complementary. As part of the Voices of Bengal exhibition at the British Museum, there will be a talk starting at 6.30pm tonight titled Bengal Food Evening - a celebration of Bengal cuisine. Fay Maschler will lead a panel including Namita Panjabi of Chutney Mary, Veeraswamy, Amaya and Masala Zone fame, Simon Parkes of The Food Programme and restaurateur Udit Sarkhel.
It's not confirmed whether or not there will be food to sample or if there's going to be any cooking but the calibre of the speakers and their combined experience and anecdotes guarantee a mouth-watering, entertaining food talk. It's a good way to get to grips with the Voices of Bengal exhibition too, which is a bit overwhelming in its scale and its many strands - there's the Bengal Film Season, the Durga Puja idols, literature and music events... and the main exhibtion itself. It just so happens that there will be a free dance and music performance in the Great Court by Akademi South Asian Dance tonight, to make a full evening of celebrating Bengali culture.
Bengal Food Evening and Akademi South Asian Dance, British Museum, both start at 6.30pm. The Akademi South Asian Dance performance is free, in the Great Court. The Bengal Food Evening is £5.00 entry, in the BP Lecture Theatre. For more information, go to the Voices of Bengal website here.